Concrete projects where former limits of achievement have been exceeded naturally are newsworthy and a source of pride. But their real value is much greater. Building with concrete is a systems endeavor involving several materials and work disciplines. Thus, when a new record is set it usually means advances have been made in several areas, many of which in turn can often be used to expand achievements in other areas of concrete construction.

Record-setting projects also tell us where we presently stand and give us valuable insights into what might be expected in the future. The achievements that take herculean efforts today have a knack of becoming the commonplace of tomorrow.

Lake Point Tower rises 645 feet on Chicago's lake shore and owned three records when it was built: world's highest concrete building, world's highest strength ready-mix (7500 psi for the lower story core walls and columns), and world's highest apartment building.